Love Music, Hate Racism presents
”Call Mr Robeson”
at Leeds University Student Union on Saturday 6 July 2013
Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye
Designed by Phil Newman
Paul Robeson is a towering figure in Black American history for daring to stand up for the rights of his fellow men and as a bonus he had one of the greatest voices ever recorded. He is one of the inspirational figures that created the Civil Rights Movement, that won equal rights in the 1960s and now his scandalously forgotten life is retold in, ‘Call Mr Robeson – A life, with songs’ which comes to Leeds on Saturday 6 July
During the 1930s and 40s he was the most popular singer on the planet, winning critical plaudits for his extraordinary voice and electrifying stage performances. But he was a Communist and his courage in taking on the conservative American establishment led to him being harassed by the government.
This great artist was branded a traitor to his country denied opportunities to perform or travel, which ruined his career and his health.
This one-man show is written and performed by Tayo Aluko, who sings some of Paul Robeson’s most well-known and well-loved songs, including a dramatic rendition of ‘Ol’ Man River’ from Show Boat.
‘Call Mr Robeson’ has won several awards including the Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at Brighton Festival Fringe, and Tayo received a standing ovation from a captivated audience in New York’s Carnegie Hall, when he performed it on his 50th birthday.
Bring friends to find out about a legendary singer who never said sorry for what he believed in, but paid a heavy price for it.
Tickets can be booked on-line